Country Director ZOA Dorcas South Sudan

Closing date:

Job location: Juba, South Sudan

Starting date: as soon as possible

Vacancy closing date: 28th of February 2022

Duration position: 3 years

Working hours: 40 hours

ZOA, as an international NGO, supports people who have lost everything due to armed conflict or natural disaster. Together, we can come to their aid in emergencies and remain faithful to communities as they recover – providing new opportunities for them to help themselves again. The work of ZOA is coordinated from the Netherlands. We are active in multiple countries in Africa, South America, the Middle East Region, and Asia. We work with approximately 900 employees worldwide and with (local) partners.

Dorcas is active in Eastern Europe, Eastern Africa and the Middle East. Local colleagues lead our 14 country offices. We invest in resilient communities in which everyone can participate. We help over one million people annually. When a disaster or a crisis occurs, we provide humanitarian assistance and support communities to rebuild themselves. At the same time, we invest in structural solutions for poverty and social exclusion. In our work we are accountable, compassionate, determined and locally led.

About ZOA Dorcas South Sudan

ZOA South Sudan was founded in 1998 and Dorcas started to operate in South Sudan in 2000. ZOA and Dorcas have thus both been individually present in South Sudan for years. As of 2022, ZOA and Dorcas have established a partnership in South Sudan, integrating the operations of both organisations into one joint working organisation: ZOA Dorcas South Sudan. The purpose is to achieve a greater impact for people in need in South Sudan.

ZOA Dorcas is looking for a

Country Director South Sudan

About our work in South Sudan

The people in South Sudan find themselves amidst a complex and protracted humanitarian crisis resulting from years of armed conflict, recurring natural disasters and severe economic crisis. Although some progress has been made, the uncertainties around the current peace process remains. This also requires us to remain flexible and to adopt a triple nexus approach.

We are working in the following sectors: Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL), Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Entrepreneurship, Peacebuilding. Inclusion (gender and disability) is a crosscutting theme. Where possible different sectors are combined to allow for integrated programming providing a holistic response to the (diverse) need of the beneficiaries. We work together with local partners and other organisations.

We currently work in Jonglei, Western Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap States and the Greater Pibor Administrative Area, and aim to expand to more geographical areas in the future.

Your challenge

The joint working organisation is operating under the registration of ZOA. The position of Country Director will contractually be connected to ZOA, but the Country Director will be equally representing both organisations. The Country Director is responsible for the leadership and the integral management of the programmes and our activities in South Sudan. Important challenges for this position include the establishment of a well-functioning joint team in country, as well as realizing the growth ambition of the portfolio, aiming at reaching more people in need with effective and high-quality programming.

The Country Director reports to the Chief Programme Officer of ZOA, but you have also a reporting line to the Board of the ZOA Dorcas Cooperation in the Netherlands.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

Your main responsibilities and tasks will consist of the following:


  • Legal representative of our joint organisations in South Sudan;
  • Overall management and leadership of ZOA Dorcas South Sudan, including chairing the Country Management Team;
  • Build and maintain an effective cross-cultural team;
  • Formulate and implement the Country Annual Plan with the corresponding annual country budget;
  • Design long-term (5 years) strategy for our joint organisation in collaboration with the CountryManagement Team;
  • Support and maintain a culture that reflects our values;
  • Provide spiritual oversight and Christian leadership of the country programme and team;
  • Participate in organisation-wide programmes and knowledge development.

Programme Cycle Management

  • Formulate, develop, implement and supervise programmes; Programme formulation, development, implementation and supervision;
  • Consolidate the Programme Plans;
  • Bear final responsibility for project cycle management, including formulation of concept papers and proposals, budgeting, monitoring and reporting;
  • Ensure the portfolio meets all compliance standards and meets the requirements of the donors.

Localisation / Partner management

  • Drive our vision on localisation, ensuring local capacity is supported and strengthened and local knowledge and expertise is seen as valuable resources to drive programmatic choices and decisions;
  • Ensure the quality of existing collaboration with local partners and support the strengthening of their capacity;
  • Lead the process of establishing new partnerships with local organisations;
  • Ensure the quality of the relationship with (local) partner organisations;
  • Manage implementing and strategic partnership engagements at country level.

Donor Relations

  • Develop and maintain the relationship with existing and new donors at country and international level.


  • Final responsibility for Human Resource Management for international and local staff;
  • Supervise and appraise the performance of the members of the Country Management Team;
  • Supervise and control of the administrative and financial organisation;
  • Ensure proper management of assets.


  • Ensure the design and maintenance of an effective security management system at country level, in compliance with our over-all security policy and procedures;
  • Monitor the compliance of the security management system by staff and other relevant persons for whom the Country Director holds security responsibility.

Your profile


  • Being a Christian adhering to the Christian identity of our organisations;
  • The candidate is expected to fully support our vision and mission.


  • Master’s degree in international development, humanitarian action, disaster management or other relevant field;
  • At least five years of cross-cultural experience;
  • At least five years of relevant management experience in a humanitarian setting;
  • Good spoken and written command of English.


  • Spiritual and participative leadership;
  • Ability to do team-building cross culturally;
  • Visionary and strategic thinking;
  • Provides regular feedback, acknowledges success and the need for improvement;
  • Command of operations;
  • Analytical and writing skills;
  • Organisational sensitivity;
  • Strong networker.

Special conditions

  • Regular field visits/work and travels are required;
  • This posting is open for candidates accompanied by a partner, but not suitable for families with children.

Do you need more information?

For more information about ZOA, please visit at our website Homepage | ZOA ( For more information about Dorcas, please visit About us – Dorcas

If you have questions about this vacancy, you can contact Mr. Dick Schilthuis (HR Director ZOA), email

How to apply

Interested and you want to apply?

We operate with an equal opportunities policy and we are committed to diversity in the workplace. Qualified women and men, people of all nationalities, and cultural backgrounds, and candidates with disabilities are welcome to apply.

If you are interested in this position, please apply directly via ZOA Dorcas Country Director South Sudan | CVSelection. CV’s of no more than 5 pages in length are appreciated.

Due to the urgency to fill this role, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to close this advert before the confirmed closing date when we have received sufficient applications.

Only selected candidates will be invited to participate in the process of recruitment. It is our aim to inform all other candidates of their status in the recruitment process within 4 weeks after the vacancy has closed. An assessment may be part of the recruitment procedure. Documents that do not match the profile above will not be considered. Internal candidates will have priority, in case of similar results.

Please note that we carry out background and reference checks (including COTER – Counter Terrorism) for all candidates as part of the recruitment process. As ZOA participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, all reference checks include a written questionnaire: the “Statement of Conduct”, which will be sent to past employers regarding Misconduct (such as sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment).

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